As the preeminent label for Bluegrass and Roots Music representing artists as diverse as Robert Plant, Alison Krause and Mr. Banjo, Rounder Records decided to renovate a 30,000 square foot “spec” office building into a new corporate headquarters. The design goal was to bring a signature character to the existing non-descript interior, and represent the company’s historic roots and current fusion of expanded musical styles while creating an open, communicative work environment.
Inspired by the famous 1913 Picasso collage “Guitare, journal, verre et bouteille” (Guitar, Newspaper, Glass and Bottle), the central areas took their plan form from musical instruments: a fragmented Guitar on the first floor and a Banjo on the second floor. Materials and forms suggest the agrarian roots of the music with silo-shaped corrugated metal, a refined expression of barn boards and cribbing, and welcoming porch elements at each working group area. Fragmented forms and translucent materials allow transfer of light and movement of people through to the core spaces.
The project was carried out in collaboration with Piatt Associates.